Back to books

It is quite a well-known fact that Libby and Lia’s love of watching nursery rhymes on the computer drives me bonkers.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re so obsessed with them, the tantrums they throw when I stop them watching or whether quite frankly it’s just the fact that they’re so flipping annoying. Either way, I’m always looking for distractions that they prefer instead of being in front of the screen.  Libby loves to play doctors and is usually quite happy to play on her own with a teddy bear.  Both girls enjoy play dough so that’s…

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Our Thursday Photo #65

Finally, things seem to be calming down. We managed to get a few days away at the weekend in the beautiful Forest of Dean. I was working against the clock to finish my work on Saturday but when it was done, we were incommunicado until Monday. Bliss. And now? Things are still busy, but much more reasonable. I even managed to get out for a swim this morning. Which was a big of a relief really as I’m still totally unable to run after being run over by Bubbles. In the name of chilling out, this week we’ve done lots…

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New books for the summer

I wrote a blog post recently about filling our days during the summer holidays. The fact that the children are not in school doesn’t mean that there’s no disruption to their routine. We’ve managed to keep busy, going out every morning to spend some time outside somewhere and wear the girls out for their afternoon nap. But I don’t like wasting the time that we do spend at home, and one of the best ways to pass the time is with some exciting books. Here are the brilliant new releases from MacMillan Books that we are enjoying this summer. 1. Bear and…

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Parenting manuals versus maternal instinct

Almost every day, I read about or speak to someone who has sage advice from a parenting manual.  The advice is never the same twice.  Your baby should be sleeping through the night, leave it to cry. You’re emotionally damaging your baby, don’t let it cry. Your baby is too skinny, use formula. Your baby is obese, feed it less.  You’re not interacting with your baby enough, it will be developmentally delayed. You’re over-stimulating your baby, it won’t sleep.  Your child is too whiny, you’re mollycoddling it. You’re not letting your child cry, you’re damaging it emotionally. Your child has too…

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Bedtime stories on the decking

This evening, Libby asked if we could eat dinner outside. It was such a lovely evening that I couldn’t possibly refuse.  And having spent a large proportion of the day outside, it seemed a shame to waste the last part of it and head straight back in afterwards.  So we spent some time outside with some new books.  Libby has recently started to really understand and follow stories. Which is a relief in many ways because it makes her more inclined to listen, but we do now tend to get stuck on the favourite book on repeat.  New books are…

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The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone.  I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception.  I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more…

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